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Memorial Title

Little Eaton

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 and WW2 war memorial lychgate in St Paul's Churchyard, Little Eaton, Derbyshire.

Images

Setting Gate Roof WW1 plaque WW2 plaque
Locations

Last known location:
St Paul's Churchyard
Vicarage La
Little Eaton
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE21 5EA

NGR:
SK 36108 41487 ±5m
Location details:
South of the church, adjacent to the road.
Type

Overall type: Lychgate.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

A stone, timber and slate lychgate. The gate is constructed at the front entrance to the churchyard and the lower part is of coursed squared gritstone with mortared joints running into the adjacent boundary wall of similar construction but without mortar. The superstructure is of locally grown oak and the roof is of grey Welsh slate with earthenware ridge tiles. There is a pair of wooden gates to the south.

The southern tie-beam facing the road bears an incised inscription in upright capital lettering. The panelling of the two side walls contain embedded bronze plaques, that on the west wall provided at the time of construction and that on the east wall presumably added later. The west plaque commemorates WW1 and bears an inscription with names in two columns with a raised quatrefoil motif at the foot. The east plaque commemorates WW2 and has inscriptions with names in a single column. The raised inscriptions on both plaques are in upright capital roman lettering.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Lychgate Gritstone, oak,
Welsh slate, tile
c4100 3800 2800 Fair
West
plaque
Bronze 680 510 - Fair
East
plaque
Bronze 680 500 - Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

Tie-beam:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Second World War (1939-1945)
Number died 27 11
Number served and returned  0  0
Total names 27 11
1914 - REMEMBER - 1918
West plaque:
REMEMBER THE MEN OF
LITTLE EATON WHO IN THE
CAUSE OF JUSTICE AND RIGHT
GAVE THEIR LIVES 1914-1918
ANDREW ADCOCK
ERNEST BIRKINSHAW
G. ANDREW BROWN
GEORGE H. BOROUGH
REGINALD CHAMBERS
WILLIAM CHAMBERS
THOMAS CLARKE
JOHN DUGGAN
FRANK FLETCHER
HARRY FOX
HAROLD GRACE
SAMUEL GRACE
GEORGE HASKEY
ALBERT E. HUGHES
CHARLES E. HUNT
JOSEPH INGRAM
ALBERT MARSHALL
CHARLES F. POOLE
WILLIAM C. SALT
G. ALBERT SMITH
ARTHUR SMITH
JOHN C. SWINDELL
JOSEPH W. TATAM
J. FREDERICK WALTERS
HARRY D. WILDMAN
T. P. CAMERON WILSON
W. EVERARD YATES
.
East plaque:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE
MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945
ARTHUR BATES
FRANK J. BEECHINOR
JACK FLETCHER
WILLIAM FIDDLER
ARTHUR HADLEY
ERIC JOHNSON
HARRY PIGGS
ERIC RICHARDSON
DOUGLAS H SEALE
PETER SHORTHOUSE
EDWIN W WALTERS
THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT
ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS
CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE
MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Administration

Custodian: Believed to be the Parish Council.

Local authorities:
From WW1: Little Eaton Parish Council; Shardlow Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Little Eaton Parish Council; Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

c1921: The lychgate was designed by Percy H Currey, who oversaw its construction by local artisans using materials from local sources.

25th February 1922: The lychgate, together with the WW1 plaque, was unveiled by Col G A Lewis CMG TD and dedicated by the Bishop of Southwell.

November 1950: The WW2 plaque was added.

Unknown date: The memorial lies within the Little Eaton Conservation Area.

6th November, 1986: The lychgate was listed Grade II, Heritage List for England number 1140412.

24th September 2015: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References

Derby Telegraph, 27th February 1922 p3, a report of the unveiling and dedication.

Derby Telegraph, 15th November 1950 p2, a report of the addition of the WW2 plaque.
Comments

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